Category: ASA Men’s A Slow Pitch

1982 ASA Men’s A Slow Pitch Nationals

1982 held at Glenpool, Oklahoma on September 3-6.

Champion – Lawson Auto Parts, Altamonte Springs, Florida (96-18)
Runner Up – U.S. Armed Forces, Indiantown Gap, Pennsylvania (32-2)

Lawson Auto Parts beat the US Armed Forces 19-5 in the winners bracket final. Then the Armed Forces faced the third placed finisher Gregg Security (the Metro Pittsburgh champs) in the loser’s bracket final and won 17-9. The Armed Forces squared off against Lawson Auto Parts again and beat them soundly 24-9, setting up a championship title. The Armed Forces couldn’t beat the champs two straight, falling 28-11.

Samuel Bender of Lawson was named the tourney’s Most Valuable Player, clouting 10 home runs that Posey said traveled “out of sight.” Gurney Holley of the Armed Forces team hit eight round-trippers and teammates Joe Firova and Mike Norman had seven each.

Orlando’s Lawson Auto Parts walked away with the National ASA Men’s Class A Slow Pitch tournament in Tulsa, Oklahoma pounding the Armed Forces 28-11 in the finals.

A 15-run sevents inning, highlighted by a 3-run homer by Calvin Lingelbach, put the game out of reach. Armed Forces gave Lawson its first loss in the double-elimination tournament earlier in the day, 24-10, forcing a third game for the championship. Lawson opened the day with a 19-5 victory over the Armed Forces, their first loss.

“This was a goal we set at the beginning of the year, and it was incredible goal,” said Lawson manager John Emerson. “We got here through a lot of determination and talent from the whole team. It was a great team effort and we had a good sponsor.”

All the way back to Memorial Day weekend, it was obvious Lawson Auto Parts was a good softball team when they won the gigantic Richmond Round Robin.

So it was inevitable that Lawson would be one of the six or seven teams expected to compete for the ASA Men’s Class A slowpitch National Tournament title. They got to the finals, sputtered for a 24-10 loss to the Armed Forces, then dominated the Armed Forces 28-11 in the championship game.

Ironically enough, it was Lawson Auto’s 100th win of the season against 17 losses. Not bad for a team which had only one player on a team with any previous National Tournament playing exposure.

Lawson got into the finals by topping Deep South Trophies of West Monroe, LA., 30-8, Lingburgs Old South Coors of Saltillo, Miss., 16-6, Mecca Tavern of Auburn, Wash., 12-10, Seaside Memorial of Corpus Christi, Tex., 14-13, Central Ohio Welding of Reynoldsburg, Ohio 15-6 and Armed Forces 19-5 in the winner’s bracket finals.

Gregg Security of Pittsburgh, Pa., finished third. They earned every step, losing to Lansing Auto Glass of Hammond, Ind., 12-5 in the first game, and winning eight games. Armed Forces finally stopped Gregg 17-9. Gregg had beaten Coors, Vandergriffs of Arlington, Tex., 14-6, Mecca 4-3, S.S. Jakes of Colfax, Wis., 23-3, Armstrong Electric of Forest, Va., 11-7, Adams & Leonard of Tulsa, Okla., 11-4, Central Ohio 7-6 and Lansing 10-2.

Lansing, which was fourth, had its own string going in the loser’s bracket, taking six wins. They stopped Zipp-Fans of Indianapolis, Ind., 9-2 in the loser’s bracket, stopping Zipp-Fan’s five-game winning streak.

Samuel Bender of Lawson Auto Parts took home Most Valuable Player and most home runs award, with 10. Dave Pishker of Lansing Auto Glass (24 of 34) won the hitting trophy, with a .706 average. Gene Cirelli of Gregg Security was voted top pitcher.

  • MVP – Samuel Bender, Lawson’s Auto Parts (18-31, .580, 10 HR, 21 RBI)
  • HR Leader – Samuel Bender, Lawson’s Auto Parts (10)
  • Batting Leader – Dave Pishker, Lansing Auto Glass (24-34, .706)
  • Outstanding Pitcher Award – Gene Cerelli, Gregg Security


  • 1B – Samuel Bender, Lawson’s Auto Parts (.580, 21 RBI)
  • 2B – Bob Stellini, Rivertown Builders
  • 3B – David Dale, Zipp-Fan
  • SS – Dave Pishker, Lansing Auto Glass 924-34, .706)
  • OF – Steve Garcia, Armed Forces
  • OF – James Jones, Gregg Security
  • OF – Curt Dusek, Lansing Auto Glass (21-40, .525)
  • OF – Robin Hackmeyer, Armstrong
  • OF – John Young, Zipp-Fin
  • P – Gene Cerelli, Gregg Security
  • P – David Alarcon, Lehigh
  • C – Mike McGraw, Adams & Leonard
  • C – Mike Barrett, Lawson’s Auto Parts (.588, 12 RBI)
  • UTIL – Dave Dillie, Central Ohio Welding


  • 1B – Gurney Holley, Armed Forces
  • 2B – Robbie Gist, Zipp-Fan
  • 3B – John McGraw, Lawson’s Auto Parts 18-33, .545, 8 RBI, 13 Runs)
  • SS – Denny Brown, Gregg Security
  • OF – Leland Pierce, Herzog Construction
  • OF – Joe Benton, Lawson’s Auto Parts (22-30, .611, 4 HR, 18 RBI, 16 Runs)
  • OF – Steve Shores, Ray Sears & Sons
  • OF – Richard Williamson, Zipp-Fan
  • P – Robert Davis, Armed Forces
  • P – David Ward, Lansing Auto Glass
  • C – Mike Johnson, Central Ohio Welding
  • C – Gary Kaiser, Thompson Sporting Goods
  • UTIL – Roger Stockton, Deep South


  • Doug Dyer, Lawson’s Auto Parts, (.656, 21 Runs)
  • Dave Pishkur, Lansing Auto Glass (24-34, .706) – Batting Leader
  • Rusty Brooks, Lansing Auto Glass (.645)
  • Dale Coleman, Lansing Auto Glass (.567)
  • Curt Dusek, Lansing Auto Glass (.525)
  • Pete Gojko, Lansing Auto Glass (.500, 18 RBI)
  • Gurney Holley, Armed Forces – 8 HR
  • Joe Firova, Armed Forces – 7 HR
  • Mike Norman, Armed Forces – 7 HR


1. Lawson Auto Parts, Altamonte Springs, FL (7-1)
2. U.S. Armed Forces, Indiantown Gap, PA (6-2)
3. Gregg Security, Pittsburgh, PA (6-2)
4. Lansing Auto Glass, Hammond, IN (7-2)
5t. Central Ohio Welders, Reynoldsburg, OH (3-2)
5t. LeHigh, Miami, FL (3-2)
7t. Zipp-Fan, Indianapolis, IN (5-2)
7t. Armstrong Electric, Forest, VA (5-2)
9t. Empress Chill, Cincinnati, OH (2-2)
9t. Seaside Memorial, Corpus Christi, TX (2-2)
9t. Adams & Leonard, Tulsa, OK (2-2)
9t. Rivertown Builders, Granview, MI (2-2)
13t. Deep South Trophies, West Monroe, LA (3-2)
13t. Thompson Sporting Goods, Savannah, GA (3-2)
13t. SS Jakes, Colfax, WI (3-2)
13t. Ray Sears, Gambrills, MD (3-2)
17t. Roulette Pontiac/Honda, Painesville Township, OH (2-2)
17t. Rusty Scupper, San Mateo, CA (1-2)
17t. V Santoni & Co., Woodland, CA (2-2)
17t. Herzog Construction, St. Joseph, MO (2-2)
17t. Mecca Tavern, Auburn, WA (1-2)
17t. Bad News, Vermontville, MI (3-2)
17t. Sands Construction, Bloomington, MN (1-2)
25t. Action South, Nashville, IN (1-2)
25t. Prescott Plumbing, Sioux City, IA (0-2)
25t. Time Out Bros, Yonkers, NY (0-2)
25t. Marapess Construction, Cranston, RI (1-2)
25t. Mail House, Minneapolis, MN (0-2)
25t. Vandergriffs, Arlington, TX (1-2)
25t. Brooksville Electric, Yonkers, (1-2)
25t. T’s 13, Omaha, NE (0-2)
33t. Conti Bros, Johnstone, RI (0-2)
33t. Sidney Eagles, Sidney, OH (0-2)
33t. Don Poland Trucking, Carlea, CA (0-2)
33t. Peasoup Andersons, Lompoc, CA (0-2)
33t. Coors, Denton, TX (0-2)
33t. Athletes-in-Action, Honolulu, HI (0-2)
33t. Doc’s Sports Bar, West Pittston, PA (0-2)
33t. Stozek’s, Greeley, CO (0-2)

1981 ASA Men’s A Slow Pitch Nationals

1981 held at Memphis, Tennessee.

Champion – Ray Sears & Son, Gambrills, MD (91-14)
Runner Up – U.S. Armed Forces, Oxnard, CA

MVP – Mike Norman, Armed Forces
HR Leader – no info available
Batting Leader – Dean Marquardt, Corner Pocket UAF – .714

Ray Sears and Son from Gambrills. MD, parlayed superb defense and timely base hits to down the Armed Forces all-stars from Oxnard, CA, 15-12, Sept. 7 at the Rodney Baber complex to win the Amateur Softball Association of America Class A Slow Pitch national championship at Memphis, TN.

It was the first trip to the nationals for Sears, a well-conditioned, speedy outfit that took advantage of its opponents’ mistakes to breeze through the tournament undefeated. Sears went 6-0 in the nationals and wound up the year with a 91-14 record. Ironically, the team was the runner-up In the Central Atlantic Regional to gain the berth in the finals.

The Armed Forces team, made up from all-stars picked from the all-military tournament, gained its highest finish ever in a national tournament, but manager Mike Jones was not particularly pleased. “It was a great tournament and I don’t want to take a thing away from Sears, they are the national champs, but I feel we were robbed by the umpiring in this game today,” he said. “There were a couple of calls that went against us that took our momentum away and I firmly believe we would have gone ahead in the fifth Inning if the calls hadn’t gone against us.”

Superb fielding by Sears nipped that rally, including a relay play in which an Armed Forces runner was thrown out at third before a run crossed the plate. It appeared that the runner had scored before the man was thrown out at third. Later, an Armed Forces runner was called out at first on a close play that cost another run and the crowd of an estimated 1,400 booed lustily.

Catcher Al Leightner and first basemen Larry Hall had 80 homers each for Sears coming into the national tournament, but the Maryland team relied mostly on team speed and pesky hitting to gain the championship. Sears specialized in winning the close game.


  • 1B – Larry Hall, Ray Sears & Son
  • 2B – Jeff Kirk, Eastwood Tavern
  • 3B – Leo Weitzel, Ride Motors
  • SS – Dean Marquardt, Corner Pocket UAF
  • OF – Fritz Drumm, Danny’s Drilling
  • OF – Mike Norman, Armed Forces
  • OF – Ronnie Herrin, Lufkin Raiders
  • OF – Cecil Norris, Lufkin Raiders
  • UTIL – Gurney Holley, Armed Forces
  • UTIL – Jack Rule, Western Sizzlin
  • C – Al Leightner, Ray Sears & Son
  • C – Jerome Cross, Lumberman’s Mutual Insurance
  • P – Dave Reed, Ride Motors
  • P – Robert Davis, Armed Forces


  • 1B – Tim Rhinehart, Western Sizzlin
  • 2B – Jon Van Orden, Ray Sears & Son
  • 3B – Dennis Worley, Goodman Redbirds
  • SS – Mack Green, Western Sizzlin
  • OF – Rick Wheeler, Goodman Redbirds
  • OF – Al Vincent Jr., East Homes
  • OF – Pete Mercer, Deep South Technologies
  • OF – Ed Tisdel, Lufkin Raiders
  • UTIL – Bob Morency, Ride Motors
  • UTIL – Bud Weathers, Lufkin Raiders
  • C – Meredith Scruggs, Western Sizzlin
  • C – Daryl Pitcock, Lufkin Raiders
  • P – Jay Newton, Ray Sears & Son
  • P – Don Cooper, Deep South Trophies

FINAL STANDINGS (incomplete – 39 teams)

1. Ray Sears & Son, Gambrills, MD (6-0)
2. U.S. Armed Forces, Oxnard, CA (5-2)
3. Western Sizzlin, Gastonia, NC (5-2)
4. Lufkin Raiders, Lufkin, TX (7-2)
5t. Goodman Redbirds, Los Angeles, CA (3-2)
5t. Ride Motors, Miami Shore, FL (6-2)
7t. Eastwood Tavern, Kalamazoo, MI (4-2)
7t. Danny’s Drilling, Newark, OH (5-2)
9t. Corner Pocket UAF, Missoula, MT(3-2)
9t. Ascor Steel Building, Willmar, MN (2-2)
9t. Brothers, Yonkers, NY (3-2)
9t. Pace Electronics, Fairport, NY (3-2)
13t. RT Hughes, Modesto, CA (2-2)
13t. Lumberman’s Mutual, Bellevue, OH (3-2)
13t. East Homes, Omaha, NE (3-2)
13t. Deep South Trophies, Bastrop, LA (2-2)
17t. George’s Mobil, Davis, CA (2-2)
17t. KC’s Pub, Minneapolis, MN (1-2)
17t. Houston Wreckers, Houston, TX (1-2)
17t. Sherrod Vans, Jacksonville, FL (1-2)
17t. Solcum Construction, Alexandria, LA (1-2)
17t. Independence Merchants, Independence, MO (1-2)
17t. Stark Pizza, Portland, OR (1-2)
17t. Brass Tomball, Spring TX (1-2)
25t. Williams Paint & Remodeling, Vinton, VA(1-2)
25t. Linn Corriher, Landis, NC (1-2)
25t. Conti Brothers, Johnston, RI (1-2)
25t. Straufler Realty, Warren, OH (1-2)
25t. Teresa Builders, Cleveland, OH (0-2)
25t. Grand Rapids Alloys, Wyoming, MI (0-2)
25t. Clark & Son, Rumford, RI (0-2)
25t. Chinook Resources, Douglas, WY (0-2)
33t. Monogram Industries, Seymour, IN (0-2)
33t. Nick Rack’s Sport Shack, Cincinnati, OH (0-2)
33t. Annex Lounge, Warren, MI (0-2)
33t. Nick’s H&H Cafe, Cincinnati, OH (0-2)
33t. Coca Cola Clubbers, Memphis, TX (0-2)
33t. Engle Printing, Gap, PA (0-2)
33t. Pat Clark/Chet’s Best Food, Las Vegas, NV (0-2)

1980 ASA Men’s A Slow Pitch Nationals

1980 held at Jacksonville, Florida.

Champion – Houston Wreckers Houston, Texas
Runner Up – Collins Irrigation Miami, Florida

  • MVP – Billy Costa, Houston Wreckers (.524, 6-0 Pitching)
  • Batting Leader – Tim Sweeney, Collins Irrigation (20-24, .833)
  • HR Leader – Gurney Holly, Armed Forces (.609, 14 RBI, 8 HR)
  • HR Leader – Steve Ammons, Collins Irrigation (8)


P – Billy Costa, Houston Wreckers
P – Steve Ammons, Collins Irrigation
1B – Gurney Holly, Armed Forces
2B – Mike Blum, H86 Distributors
3B – Tom Austin, Pigs-n-Chicken
SS – Tim Sweeney, Collins Irrigation
OF – Ron DeFrancls, Brothers AC
OF – John Hagins, Pigs-n-Chicken
OF – Reggie Soehlig, Joy-Ful Acres
OF – Mike Murray, Houston Wreckers
UTIL – John Copenhaver, H86 Distributors
UTIL – Joe Firova, Armed Forces
UTIL – McFarland, Houston Wreckers


P – Carson Davis, Pigs-n-Chicken
P – Wayne Carroll, Brothers AC
C – Steve Russell, H86 Distributors
C – Jim Latoilas, Houston Wreckers
1B – Jack Crawford, Houston Wreckerss
2B – Mike Holt, Houston Wreckers
SS – Tony DiCariano, Brothers AC
OF – Corky Rogers, Joy-Ful Acres
OF – Joe Allen, Collins Irrigation
OF – Gordy Johnson, Armed Forces
OF – John Spikeman, Houston Wreckers
UTIL – Leo Wetzel, Collins Irrigation
UTIL – Bob Philip, Brothers AC


1. Tim Sweeney, Collins Irragation (20-24, .833)
2. Larry Chiapetta, Christy’s (12-17, .706)
3. Tom Austin, Pig-n-Chicken (20-29, .690)
4. Joe Vasillo, Christy’s (11-16, .688)
5. Joe Tercheria, MK Enterprises (10-15, .667)
6. George Sertass, Dack Industry (11-17, .647)
7. Tom DeCairano, Brothers AC (20-31, .645)
8. Clyde Nelson, Yankee Gold & Silver (14-22, .636)
9. Ron DeFrances, Brothers AC (19-30, .633)
10. Mike Roe, Grist Mill (10-16, .625)
10. Willie Hightower, Armed Forces (10-16, .625)
10. Mike Bluem, H&S Distributors (10-16, .625)


1. Houston Wreckers Houston, TX (6-0)
2. Collins Irrigation Miami, FL (5-2)
3. Brothers AC Yonkers, NY (6-2)
4. Pigs-n-Chicken Fayetteville, NC (6-2)
5t. Joy-Ful Acres Jacksonville, FL (3-2)
5t. H&S Distributors Yonkers, NY (3-2)
7t. Armed Forces Camp Lejeune, NC 5-2
7t. Ray’s Metal Works Gainesville, FL (3-2)
9t. Molotte Leasing Seattle, WA (3-2)
9t. Yankee Gold & Silver Salt Lake City, UT 4-2
9t. Wilkerson Diesel Little Rock, AR (3-2)
9t. Natkin Company Independence, MO (2-2)
13t. MK Enterprises Modesto, CA (2-2)
13t. Grist Mill East Providence, RI (2-2)
13t. Bob Snyder’s Columbus, OH (2-2)
13t. Capitol Oil Franklin, IN (2-2)
17t. McDonald’s Wapokoneta, OH (1-2)
17t. Knights Cincinnati, OH (2-2)
17t. Christy’s White Plains, NY (2-2)
17t. American Realty Pacifica, CA (2-2)
17t. Erieside Electric Cleveland, OH (2-2)
17t. Timmerman Construction Sacramento, CA 2-2
17t. Dack Industry New Britain, CT (2-2)
17t. Glenn Brothers Little Rock, AR (1-2)
25t. Joe Theismann’s Fairfax, VA (0-2)
25t. Green’s Rangers Corpus Christi, TX (1-2)
25t. Holiday Jack’s Easton, PA (1-2)
25t. Sackett Brick Kalamazoo, MI (1-2)
25t. Houligan’s Eau Claire, WI (1-2)
25t. BBL Blackstop Columbus, OH (1-2)
25t. Golden Life Spa Midland, TX (0-2)
25t. Mercury Cleaners Seattle, WA (0-2)
33t. 38th Parallel Minneapolis, MN (0-2)
33t. Gus’ Gang Detroit, MI (0-2)
33t. Anoka Businessmen Anoka, MN (0-2)
33t. DECO Columbus, OH (0-2)
33t. Thompson Sporting Goods Savannah, GA (0-2)
33t. Sunview Phoenix, AZ (0-2)
33t. Hastey’s Sports Desk St. Louis, MO (0-2)

1979 ASA Men’s A Slow Pitch Nationals

1979 held at Burlington, North Carolina.

Champion – Clark & Sons, Providence, Rhode Island
Runner Up – Jack Matthews Realty, Las Vegas, Nevada

  • MVP – Charles Manz, Clark & Sons (14-24,.583, 9 RBI, 6 Runs)
  • Batting Champion – Gary Jones, Cody’s Justus (16-24, .667, 3 HR, 9 RBI, 11 Runs)
  • HR Champion – Tim Rhinehart, Carolina A’s – 7

The Rhode Island squad won the Class A championship without hitting a single home run. They lost the first final to Jack Matthews Realty 4-3, but won the deciding game 12-4 behind their pitcher and Tournament MVP, Charles Manz, who had 2 hits and 3 RBI in the title game.


  • 1B – Gary Jones, Cody’s Justus
  • 2B – Wayne Pyrtie, Atwater Ford
  • 3B – Mike Rose, Clark & Sons
  • SS – Tommy Cole, Atwater Ford
  • OF – Fred Long, Atwater Ford
  • OF – Mark Soloman, Clark & Sons
  • OF – John Huntington, Jack Matthews
  • OF – Robert Balkcom, Clark & Sons
  • UTIL – Pat Bolster, Jack Matthews
  • UTIL – Ken Taylor, Jack Matthews
  • C – Doug Armstrong, Cody’s Justus
  • C – Jerry Peters, Candlish Realty
  • P – Charles Manz, Clark & Sons
  • P – Steve Johnson, Atwater Ford


  • 1B – Wayne King, Atwater Ford
  • 2B – Dave Nuttall, Crosby Homes
  • 3B – Gary Robertson, M&K Realty
  • SS – Tony DiCariano, Brothers A.C.
  • OF – Ricky Joyce, Atwater Ford
  • OF – Ed Kelly, Barbecue Kitchen
  • OF – John Johnson, Clark & Sons
  • OF – Floyd Wicker, Atwater Ford
  • UTIL – Barry Blomstedt, Clark & Sons
  • UTIL – Ron DiFrances, Brother A.C.
  • UTIL – Phil Seifert, Mid West Merchants
  • C – Steve Buckley, Clark & Sons
  • P – Dan Barber, Hans Taylor
  • P – Mike Lowe, Jack Matthews


1. Clark & Sons, Providence, RI (6-1)
2. Jack Matthews Realty, Las Vegas, NV (6-2)
3. Atwater Ford, Burlington, NC (8-2)
4.  Cody’s Justus, Tacoma, WA (5-2)
5t. Candlish Realty, Logansport, IN (3-2)
5t. Brothers A.C., Yonkers, NY (3-2)
7t. Hans-Taylor Plumbing, Bargaintown, NJ (4-2)
7t. Crosby Homes, Bristol, MD (4-2)
9t. M.K. Realty, Merced, CA (4-2)
9t. Barbecue Kitchen, Atlanta, GA (2-2)
9t. Champlin Oilers, Enid, OK (2-2)
9t. Carolina A’s, Kings Mountain, NC (2-2)
13t. Midwest Merchants, Kansas City, MO (3-2)
13t. Erieside Electric, Cleveland, OH (3-2)
13t. San Mateo County Merchants, San Francisco, CA (3-2)
13t. Sportsman Sporting Goods, Charleston, WV (3-2)
17t. Maryland Pool & Patio, Bowie, MD (2-2)
17t. Hancock Sports Center, Jonesboro, AR (1-2)
17t. Armed Forces, Washington., DC (2-2)
17t. Starcom, Cleveland, OH (2-2)
17t. Green’s Jewelers, Corpus Christi, TX (1-2)
17t. Bob Hoffman Products, York, PA (2-2)
17t. Ridgemen, Paradise, CA (1-2)
17t. Sackett Brick, Kalamazoo, MI (1-2)
25t. Paco’s, Portland, OR (1-2)
25t. Super Shoe, Corpus Christi, TX (1-2)
25t. Cuevas Restaurant, Edinburg, TX (1-2)
25t. Jimmy’s Bar N.E., Minneapolis., MI (1-2)
25t. Houligans, Eau Claire, WI (1-2)
25t. Menasha, Lakeville, MN (0-2)
25t. East Construction, Bellevue, NE (1-2)
25t. Addie’s, Rockville, MD (0-2)
33t. Burger King, Logan, UT (0-2)
33t. Quinn’s Corners, Rice Lake, WI (0-2)
33t. Petrel’s, Birmingham, AL (0-2)
33t. Jack’s Convenient Store, Louisville, KY (0-2)
33t. Joy-Ful Convenient Store, Jacksonville, FL (0-2)
33t. O.J. Shoemaker, South Bend, IN (0-2)
33t. Carson-Pirie-Scott, Columbus, OH (0-2)
33t. Elmer’s Place, New Britain, CT (0-2)

1978 ASA Men’s A Slow Pitch Nationals

1978 held at Houston, Texas.

Champion – Port City Ford Wreckers, Houston, Texas
Runner Up – Jerry’s Catering, Daytona Beach, Florida

  • MVP – Prince Williams, Port City Ford Wreckers (.708, 6 HR, 15 RBI)
  • Batting Champion – Ronnie DuBose, Port City Ford Wreckers – .857
  • HR Champion – Prince Williams, Port City Ford – 6


  • 1B – Neil Braly, Jerry’s Catering
  • 2B – Ronnie DuBose, Port City Ford Wreckers
  • 3B – John Spikerman, Port City Ford Wreckers
  • SS – Gerald Keigley, Port City Ford Wreckers
  • OF – Gary Miller, Midwest Petroleum
  • OF – Grady Scarborough, Jerry’s Catering
  • OF – Charles Neal, Port City Ford Wreckers
  • OF – Roger Clay, Port City Ford Wreckers
  • UTIL – Sam Golden, Port City Ford Wreckers
  • UTIL – Phil Seifert, Midwest Petroleum
  • C – Prince Williams, Port City Ford Wreckers
  • C – John Schirmer, Midwest Petroleum
  • P – Bobby Brown, Port City Ford Wreckers
  • P – Jeff Brelsford, Jerry’s Catering


  • 1B – Doug Stroud, Queen Anne
  • 2B – Larry Hingle, Jerry’s Catering
  • 3B – Kim Preiner, Gilbert Bar
  • SS – Bob Nelson, Steamex of Michigan
  • OF – Grover Stephens, Shipshewana Auction
  • OF – David Bailey, Disco Sports
  • OF – Chuck Brown, Cody’s/Justus Co.
  • OF – Dan Greco, Cody’s/Justus Co.
  • UTIL – Tommy Haddad, Greens Jewelers Rangers
  • UTIL – Bob Kangus, Gilbert Bar
  • C – Max Reed, Jerry’s Catering
  • C – Gary Hambright, Shipshewana Auction
  • P – Mike Oshinski, Steamex of Michigan
  • P – Willie Perdomo, Disco Sports


1. Port City Ford Wreckers, Houston, TX (7-0)
2. Jerry’s Catering, Daytona Beach, FL (5-2)
3. Midwest Petroleum, Kansas City, MO (6-2)
4. Disco Sports, Richmond, VA (5-2)
5t. Greens Jewelers Rangers, Corpus Christi, TX (3-2)
5t. Shipshewana Auction, Shipshewana, IN (4-2)
7t. Gilbert Bar, Hoyt Lakes, MN (4-2)
7t. Queen Anne, Bono, AR (5-2)
9t. Cody’s/Justus Co., Tacoma, WA (4-2)
9t, R&T Travelers, Ephrata, PA (3-2)
9t. Conti Brothers, Providence, RI (3-2)
9t. Steamex of Michigan, Wyoming, MI (4-2)
13t. Central Ohio Welding, Columbus, OH (3-2)
13t. Addies, Olney, MD (2-2)
13t. Cinema West, Houston, TX (3-2)
13t. Thompson’s Sporting Goods, Savannah, GA (3-2)
17t. Cannon Welding, Jacksonville, FL (1-2)
17t. Moeller’s Grill, Cincinnati. OH (1-2)
17t. Armed Forces All-Stars, Washington, D.C. (2-2)
17t. Washoe Merchants, Reno, NV (1-2)
17t. Bill Brown Realty, Orem, UT (1-2)
17t. Ridgemen, Paradise, CA (1-2)
17t. Schmos-Paps, Portland, OR (1-2)
17t. Houligans, Eau Claire, WI (1-2)
25t. Preferred Picks, Brooklyn, OH (0-2)
25t. Sports Spot Lounge. Euclid. OH (0-2)
25t. Blue Hills, Kansas City, MO (1-2)
25t. Mid West Steel, Brenham, TX (1-2)
25t. King Ford, Maryville, TN (0-2)
25t. Atwater Ford, Burlington, NC (0-2)
25t. Guvnor’s Pub, West Sayville. NY (0-2)
25t. Solon’s, Walnut Creek CA (1-2)
33t. Jerry’s Steak House, Rice Lake, WI (0-2)
33t. Golden Leaf, Minneapolis, MN (0-2)
33t. Bradley Plumbing, Zenio, OH (1-2)
33t. Coulombe & King, Bangor, ME (0-2)
33t. Corners, Bronx, NY (0-2)
33t. UIS-Pascagoula, Pascagoula, MS (0-2)

1977 ASA Men’s A Slow Pitch Nationals

1977 held at Richmond, Virginia.

Champion – Higgins Cycle, Greensboro, North Carolina
Runner Up – Bigham Insulation, Miami, Florida

Higgins Cycle beat Bigham Insulation twice, 28-15 (Rick Gentry 2 HR) and 32-4 (Gentry 3 HR). Higgins Cycle, 61 hits in the 2 games.

  • MVP – Rick Gentry, Higgins Cycle (16-29, .552, 9 HR, 26 RBI)
  • Batting Champion – George Runk, Athletic World (21-27, .778, 17 RBI)
  • HR Champion – Rick Gentry, Higgins (9)


  • 1B – Rick Gentry, Higgins Cycle
  • 2B – George Runk, Athletic World
  • 3B – George Rice, Thompson’s Super Market
  • SS – Ormie Rich, Higgins Cycle
  • OF – Ricky Fagerlie, Norling’s Silo
  • OF – Allen Hanson, Houligan’s
  • OF – Bill Westwood, Athletic World
  • OF – Leonard Roy, Bigham Insulation
  • UTIL – PJ Williams, Bigham Insulation
  • UTIL – Mike Ogeba, Bigham Insulation
  • UTIL – Hershel Hicks, Raiders
  • UTIL – Donald Maness, Higgins Cycle
  • C – Rogers Beason, Raiders
  • P – Martin Decker, Higgins Cycle


  • 1B – John Pinkett, Trenton Capitals
  • 2B – Kurt Brock, Trenton Capitals
  • 3B – Jerry Goedderz, Norling’s Silo
  • SS – Kelly Stevens, Houligan’s
  • OF – Kenny Woods, Raiders
  • OF – Gary Bartlett, Higgins Cycle
  • OF – Larry McGary, Athletic World
  • OF – Malcolm Whitley, Crown Jewelers
  • UTIL – Ray Sanford, Crosby Homes
  • UTIL – David Rasmussen, Houligan’s
  • UTIL – John Bodine, Trenton Capitals
  • UTIL – Don House, Tasty Pizza
  • C – Daniel Hall, Crown Jewelers
  • P – Richard McCarty, Bigham Insulation


1. Higgins Cycle, Greensboro, NC (7-0)
2. Bigham Insulation, Miami, FL (5-2)
3. Athletic World, St. Petersburg, FL (5-2)
4. Houligan’s, Eau Claire, WI (6-2)
5t. Trenton Capitals, Trenton, NJ (5-2)
5t. Norling’s Silo, Svea, MN (4-2)
7t. Raiders, Pineville, KY (4-2)
7t. Crown Jewelers, Charlotte, NC (4-2)
9t. Pizza Baron, Portland, OR (4-2)
9t. Crosby Homes, Bristol, MD (3-2)
9t. Dayton A-1 Trophy, Dayton, OH (3-2)
9t. Guardsmen Lounge, Rice Lake, WI (2-2)
13t. Bi-Rite, Manchester, NH (2-2)
13t. Houston Wheels, Houston, TX (2-2)
13t. R&T Mobile Homes, Akron, PA (2-2)
13t. Tasty Pizza, Columbia Heights, MN (2-2)
17t. Levittown Legion, Long Island, NY (2-2)
17t. Thompson’s Super Market, Buchanan, MI (2-2)
17t. Golden Leaf Bar, Minneapolis, MN (1-2)
17t. Conti Brothers, Providence, RI (1-2)
17t. Nelco Manufacturing, Oklahoma City, OK (1-2)
17t. Lufkin Raiders, Lufkin, TX (1-2)
17t. Corner Pub, Rockville, MD (1-2)
17t. Citizens Club, Jeannette, PA (1-2)
25t. Abbey Inn, Austin, TX (1-2)
25t. Bert’s Union 76, Cleveland, OH (1-2)
25t. Mid-West Petro, Kansas City, MO (1-2)
25t. Schlichting Excavating, Rockford, IL (1-2)
25t. Universal Systems, Pascagoula, MS (0-2)
25t. Santa Cruz Merchants, Santa Cruz, CA (0-2)
25t. Helper Club, Helper, UT (0-2)
25t. Swaheli Roots, Richmond. CA (0-2)
33t. Lacey’s Rotary, Lacey, WA (0-2)
33t. K-Sports, Norfolk, NE (0-2)
33t. Ram Landmark, Swissvale, PA (0-2)
33t. Cheyenne Dodge, Cheyenne, WY (0-2)
33t. Whitehead, Stokes & Grymes, Richmond, VA (0-2)
33t. Agriform, Woodland, CA (0-2)

1976 ASA Men’s A Slow Pitch Nationals

1976 held at Olney, Maryland.

Champion – Reed’s Nuts, Macon, Georgia
Runner Up – Jimmy Harriss Standard Air, Houston, Texas

  • MVP – Charlie Traylor, Jimmy Harriss Standard Air (31-51, .608, 17 HR, 42 RBI)
  • Batting Champion – Tom Dameron, Corner Pub – .833
  • HR Champion – Charlie Traylor, Jimmy Harris Standard Air – 17


P – Charlie Traylor, Jimmy Harriss Standard Air
P – Henry Arrington, Reed’s Nuts
C – Mike Bolden, Jimmy Harriss Standard Air
C – Rick Hausfeld, Jammer Lounge
1B – Clyde Zachery, Reed’s Nuts
2B – Lanny White, Jimmy Harriss Standard Air
3B – John Brenner Jammer Lounge
SS – Russ Bradley Carolina A’s
OF – Steve Casteel, Jammer Lounge
OF – Paul Saunders, Jimmy Harriss Standard Air
OF – Richie Flynn, Great Eastern
OF – Pug Churchwell, Reed’s Nuts
UTIL – Jim Dameron, Corner Pub
UTIL – Tom Beall, Reed’s Nuts


P – Jim Benfield, Carolina A’s
P – Charles Arbia, Roman Carousel
C – Denny Erickson, Cheap Charlie’s
C – Hal Eldelmann, Great Eastern Textiles
1B – Gary Dotson, Carolina A’s
2B – Bill Maddox, Reed’s Nuts
3B – Rod Nicholson, Lincoln Douglas Loans
SS – Gary Myrick, Reed’s Nuts
OF – Frank Matthews, Dohmann’s
OF – John Brown, Cannon Welding
OF – Gene McCullough, Carolina A’s
OF – Steve Proniewych, Great Eastern Textiles
UTIL – John Pinkett, Trenton Capitals
UTIL – Ray Barrera, Roman Carousel


1. Reed’s Nuts, Macon, GA (7-0)
2. Jimmy Harriss Standard Air, Houston, TX (11-2)
3. Roman Carousel, New York City, NY (5-2)
4. Jammer Lounge, Dayton, OH (6-2)
5t. Nikki’s Lounge, Detroit, MI (4-2)
5t. Great Eastern Textiles, Long Island, NY (5-2)
7t. Cheap Charlie’s, St. Paul, MN (7-2)
7t. Vinny’s City Radiator, Tampa, FL (4-2)
9t. Joy’s AC, Cincinnati, OH (3-2)
9t. Levittown Legion, Levittown, NY (3-2)
9t. Dohman’s, Wilkes-Barre, PA (5-2)
9t. Carolina A’s, Shelby, NC (4-2)
13t. Cannon Welding, Jacksonville, FL (5-2)
13t. Corner Pub, Silver Springs, MD (3-2)
13t. Trenton Capitals, Trenton, NY (4-2)
13t. Two Doors-Portsmouth Athletics, Portsmouth, VA (4-2)
17t. Teamsters No. 293, Cleveland, OH (2-2)
17t. Casino Restaurant, Leroy, NY (2-2)
17t. Raiders, Pineville, KY (2-2)
17t. Prairie Schooner Club, Wilmette, IL (4-2)
17t. Moore Point, Orlando, FL (3-2)
17t. Portland A.C., Louisville, KY (4-2)
17t. Stasius Bar, Minneapolis, MN (2-2)
17t. Rowan-Walker, Winter Haven, FL (3-2)
25t. Dove McIntire Chevrolet, Indianapolis, IN (2-2)
25t. Gay Pontiac Bomers, Texas City, TX (2-2)
25t. Red Carpet Inn, St. Petersburg, FL (3-2)
25t. Tom’s Plumbing, Arlington, TX (2-2)
25t. Abbey Inn, Austin, TX (3-2)
25t. Citizen’s Club, Jeannette, PA (3-2)
25t. Lincoln-Douglas Loons, Jacksonville, IL (3-2)
25t. Al’s Sporting Goods, Fredericksburg, VA (3-2)
33t. Ruth Realty, Kent, WA (1-2)
33t. Chino’s Lounge, Son Antonio, TX (1-2)
33t. Houligan’s, Eau Claire, WI (1-2)
33t. Lucky Lager. Bremerton, WA (1-2)
33t. Todd Chevrolet, Lakeville, MN (1-2)
33t. Magic City Mobile Homes, Laurel, MS (2-2)
33t. Rudy’s Grafton House, Grafton, MA (2-2)
33t. Quality Towing, Sioux City, IA (1-2)
33t. Thompson’s Super Market, Buchanan, MI (1-2)
33t. Bigham Insulation, Miami, FL (1-2)
33t. Bristol, Edgewater, MD (1-2)
33t. Whitehaven Datsun, Memphis, TN (1-2)
33t. Mid-Region Petroleum, Tulsa, OK (1-2)
33t. Scoreboard Lounge, Colorado Springs, CO (1-2)
33t. Chris’ Restaurant, Gaith, MD (1-2)
33t. Cunningham Kelley, Nashville, TN (2-2)
49t. Richard’s Insurance, Putney, UT (1-2)
49t. Patterson Dental, Kansas City, MO (0-2)
49t. Lynam Drug, Papillion, NE (1-2)
49t. Buckner-Fleming, Charleston, AR (0-2)
49t. Schlitz, Prince George’s County, MD (1-2)
49t. Sallisaw Sooners, Sallisaw, OK (0-2)
49t. Baker’s, Dallas, TX (0-2)
49t. Matt’s Outlaws, Parkersburg, WV (0-2)
49t. Benny’s A.C., Livingston, NJ (1-2)
49t. Hurley’s C.J.’s, Spearfish, SD (0-2)
49t. McDonald’s, Danville, VA (1-2)
49t. Miller’s Green Parrot, Waterloo, IN (0-2)
49t. OK Implement Company, Waterford City, ND (0-2)
49t. Clark & Son’s, East Providence, RI (0-2)
49t. Bell Well Sales, Milwaukee, WI (0-2)
49t. Time Out Lounge, Toledo, OH (0-2)
65t. Clark-Sherwood Contractors, Lafayette, LA (0-2)
65t. Felton Merchants, Felton, DE (0-2)
65t. Bryan Insurance Agency, Decatur, GA (0-2)
65t. Boggs Builders, Anderson, SC (0-2)
65t. Jerry’s, Newburgh, NY (0-2)
65t. Eastland, Hampden, ME (0-2)
65t. Locker Room A.C., Buffalo, NY
65t. Surfside Restaurant, Fairfield, CT (0-2)

1975 ASA Men’s A Slow Pitch Nationals

1975 held at Providence, Rhode Island.

Champion – Levittown Legion, Levittown, New York
Runner Up – Dubois Chemical, Columbus, Ohio

  • MVP – Chan Baker, Levittown Legion
  • Batting Champion – H.E. Bonin, Houston Reds (.687)
  • HR Champion – Chan Baker, Levittown


  • Chan Baker, Levittown Legion
  • Frank Balkasare, Red Carpet Inn
  • H.E. Bonin, Houston Reds
  • Angelo Galasso, Levittown Legion
  • Elmer Harbough, Conti Brothers
  • Mike Jacobs, Gainesville Merchants
  • Lee Kiger, Piedmont Steel
  • Phil Mason, Siegel’s Market
  • Joe McCabe, Levittown Legion
  • Jerry Pinoni, Dubois Chemical
  • Jimmy Purvis, Cannon Welding
  • Matt Verton, Levittown Legion
  • Charlie Walker, Dubois Chemical
  • Clyde Zachary, Reed Nuts


  • Steve Burrows, Conti Brothers
  • Jimmy Cannon, Collins Mfg. Co
  • John Evans, Piedmont Sheet Metal
  • Pete Fischer, Thielman’s Sausage
  • Larry Green, Siegel’s Market
  • Kerry Hirschy, Fix N’Fix
  • Jim Hopkins, Conti Brothers
  • Rich Isley, Levittown Legion
  • Jack Lambert, Cother Brothers
  • Shorty Lewis, Dubois Chemical
  • Roy Price, Stasiu’s Bar
  • John Sheridan, Levittown Legion
  • Jerry Sherrod, Cannon Welding
  • Jeff Williams, Gainesville Merchants


1. Levittown Legion, Levittown, NY (7-1)
2. Dubois Chemical, Columbus, OH (5-2)
3. Siegel’s Market, Richmond, VA (6-2)
4. Red Carpet Inn, St. Petersburg, FL (7-2)
5t. Thielman’s Sausage, Sheboyban, WI (7-2)
5t. Conti Brothers, Providence, RI (4-2)
7t. Gainesville Merchants, Gainesville, FL (5-2)
7t. Piedmont Sheet Metal, Winston-Salem, NC (5-2)
9t. Collins Mfg. Co., Cleveland, TN (5-2)
9t. Cannon Welding, Jacksonville, FL (3-2)
9t. Fix N’ Fix, Orlando, FL (3-2)
9t. Tacoma Office Supply, Tacoma, WA (2-2)
13t. Cother Brothers, Tampa, FL (3-2)
13t. Houston Reds, Houston, TX (3-2)
13t. City Lumber, Arkansas (4-2)
13t. Old Time Inn, Massachusetts (3-2)
17t. Duitsman Insurance, Michigan (2-2)
17t. Stasiu’s Bar, Minneapolis, MN (3-2)
17t. American Amusement, Michigan (2-2)
17t. Smiley’s, Maryland (2-2)
17t. Reed Nuts, Georgia (3-2)
17t. Mission Valley, Montana (1-2)
17t. Muskie’s Grille, New York (3-2)
17t. Roman Carosuel, Metro New York City (3-2)
25t. Union Carbide, West Virginia (1-2)
25t. Ward Forging, Metro Louisville (2-2)
25t. Hilltop Inn, Pennsylvania (2-2)
25t. Brouders Bar, Metro Detroit (2-2)
25t. Aces, Metro Atlanta (2-2)
25t. Mobley’s Tab, Minnesota (2-2)
25t. Miami Merchants, Metro Miami (2-2)
25t. Citizen Club, Metro Pittsburgh (2-2)
33t. Snoden-Mize, Missouri (2-2)
33t. KEDA, Metro San Antonio (2-2)
33t. Paddy Wagon, Rhode Island (1-2)
33t. Chris’s Restaurant, Metro D.C. (1-2)
33t. Merchants Grill, Metro Rochester (1-2)
33t. Friar’s Tuck, Metro Norfolk (1-2)
33t. Liberty Rock Elk, Connecticut (1-2)
33t. Gabe & Walken, Iowa (1-2)
33t. Susie’s Inn, Delaware (1-2)
33t. Vagabound Club, Metro Cleveland (1-2)
33t. Bay Area Bombers, Texas (1-2)
33t. Ander’s Tile, South Carolina (1-2)
33t. BB&C Electric, Louisiana (1-2)
33t. Jo Jo’s Pizzeria, Metro Toledo (1-2)
33t. McIntyre Chevrolet, Louisiana (1-2)
33t. SSC, Metro Cincinnati (1-2)
49t. Sir Pizza, Kentucky (0-2)
49t. Hardwick Fence, Maine (0-2)
49t. Rausch’s, Metro Milwaukee (0-2)
49t. Franke Enterprise, Oklahoma (0-2)
49t. Warren’s Restaurant, Virginia (0-2)
49t. Howard Savings Rank, Metro Newark (0-2)
49t. Plywood Dakota, North Dakota (0-2)
49t. Richard’s Insurance, Vermont (0-2)
49t. Trenton Capitals, New Jersey (0-2)
49t. Frye’s Plumbing, Nebraska (0-2)
49t. Linn Corriher, North Carolina (0-2)
49t. Tri City Dodge, New Hampshire (0-2)

No Shows

J J Ferguson, Mississippi
Bourbon Rat, Metro St. Paul

1974 ASA Men’s A Slow Pitch Nationals

1974 held at Jones Beach, New York.

Champion – Piedmont Sheet Metal, North Carolina
Runner Up – Thompson Sporting Goods, Georgia

  • MVP – Monroe White, Piedmont Sheet Metal
  • Batting Champion – John Sheridan, Levittown Legion – .714
  • HR Champion – Glenn Dorch, Levittown Legion – 6
  • HR Champion – Chan Baker, Levittown Legion – 6


P – Monroe White, Piedmont Sheet Metal (6-0 pitching)
C – John Evans, Piedmont Sheet Metal
1B – John Sheridan, Levittown Legion
2B – Dick McCabe, Levittown Legion
3B – Barry Black, Piedmont Sheet Metal
SS – Gary Mixon, Thompson Sporting Goods
OF – Bob Ligon, Mama Jean’s Mobile Service
OF – Bob Lane, Thompson Sporting Goods
OF – Tom Clinard, Piedmont Sheet Metal
OF – Mike Jackson, Thompson Sporting Goods
UTIL – Rickie DePaola, Levittown Legion


P – Dean Jeseritz, Norling’s Silo
C – Glen Dorsch, Levittown Legion
1B – John Blanton, Piedmont Sheet Metal
2B – Ronnie James, Piedmont Sheet Metal
3B – Terry Webb, Thompson Sporting Goods
SS – Bob Hosford, Abbgy’s Computer Service
OF – Dock Booker, Mama Jean’s Mobile Service
OF – Bubba Garrett, Siegel’s Supermarkets
OF – Jerry Negan, Norling’s Silo
OF – Chan Baker, Levittown Legion
UTIL – Rickie Leek, Levittown Legion


1. Piedmont Sheet Metal, North Carolina (6-0)
2. Thompson Sporting Goods, Georgia (6-2)
3. Levittown Legion Post No. 1711 (6-2)
4. Siegel’s Supermarket, Richmond, VA (5-2)
5t. Norling’s Silo, Svea, Minnesota (6-2)
5t. Wechtel’s Sunoco, Metro Toledo (4-2)
7t. Dases, Metro Cincinnati (4-2)
7t. Rusty Nail-Jack’s Bottle Shop, Metro Minneapolis (4-2)
9t. Frieberger Furniture, Metro Louisville (5-2)
9t. Ranch House, Kentucky (5-2)
9t. Mama Jean’s Mobil Service, Metro Cleveland (4-2)
9t. Abbgy’s Computer Service, Michigan (3-2)
13t. Conti Brothers, Rhode Island (3-2)
13t. Dayton Blue Chip Tavern, Ohio (3-2)
13t. Roman Carousel, Metro New York City (3-2)
13t. Trenton Capitals, New Jersey (4-2)
17t. Spanaway Furniture, Washington (3-2)
17t. Stowes Sporting Goods, Pennsylvania (2-2)
17t. Cougars, Louisiana (2-2)
17t, King Const. & Cannon Welding, Metro Jacksonville (2-2)
17t. Down South Snakes, Texas (2-2)
17t. Collins Manufacturing Co., Tennessee (2-2)
17t. Jarrell Truck Plaza, Defending Champs (2-2)
17t. Moore’s International, Florida (1-2)
25t. Antonio’s Flying Pizza, Metro Houston (2-2)
25t. East First Auto Supply, Metro Austin, Tex. (2-2)
25t. Shaky’s Pizza, Wisconsin (1-2)
25t. V. R. Moore & Sons, Maryland (1-2)
25t. Manchaster Tire & Battery, New Hampshire (1-2)
25t. Blackwell-Kasl-Hutton Pharmacy, Oklahoma (1-2)
25t. American Legion Post No. 420, Mass (1-2)
25t. Maple Wheel, Metro St. Paul (1-2)
33t. Christy’s Cleaners, New York State (1-2)
33t. Hermann’s Sports, Metro Long Island (1-2)
33t. Bob Banning’s Dodge Men, Dist. of Columbia (1-2)
33t. Dahlstrom’s Motors, North Dakota (1-2)
33t. Love Furniture, Arkansas (1-2)
33t. Classic Bar, Nebraska (1-2)
33t. LeBaun-O’Brien, Vermont (1-2)
33t. Etna Hawks, Metro Pittsburgh (1-2)
33t. Du Penn, South Carolina (0-2)
33t. Ladner’s Friendly Inn, Mississippi (0-2)
33t. Moore Painting, Metro Orlando (0-2)
33t. Toters, Delaware (0-2)
33t. WGUY, Bangor, Maine (0-2)
33t. East St. Louis Saints, Illinois (0-2)
33t. U Totem, Metro Kansas City (0-2)
33t. Half Century Bar, Detroit, MI (0-2)
49t. Richie’s on Broadway, Milwaukee, WI (0-2)
49t. Chesapeake AC, Norfolk, VI (0-2)
49t. Henco, Rochester, NY (0-2)
49t. Park Liquor, Connecticut (0-2)

1973 ASA Men’s A Slow Pitch Nationals

1973 held at York, Pennsylvania.

Champion – Samuel’s Grocery, Richmond, Virginia
Runner Up – Levittown Legion, Levittown, New York

Samuel’s trailed 10-3, came back in bottom of of the 7th to beat defending champ Levittown Legion 13-12 , Pete Thacker had a dramatic pinch hit that scored Jim Crismond (4-4) with the winning run to give Samuel’s the 13-12 win. Crismond was 4-4 in the game and an easy choice for the MVP Award.

A small rural community north of Richmond, Virginia is gaining a great deal of notoriety in the sports world this year. The community known as Doswell, Virginia which does not even have the legal status of a town, has a post office, a service station, a lumber yard, a grocery store, a softball diamond, and some horse stables.

Out of the horse stables known as Meadow Farm, came a triple crown winner, Secretariat, and off the softball diamond came Samuel’s Grocery, the national class A slow pitch champions.

Samuel’s which lost its first two games in last year’s tournament in Cincinnati, won six straight in York, Pennsylvania over Labor Day weekend to reach the finals of the tournament undefeated. Levittown American Legion of Long Island, New York, the defending champions, handed Samuel’s its first loss by a score of 7-1 and held a seemingly safe 10-2 lead after an inning and a half before Samuel’s rallied for a 13-12 win and the first national champion ever for a Metro Richmond team.

The comeback win was the fourth one-run decision for the champions, which also won lopsided games by scores of 20-3 over Delaware, 8-2 over Maryland, and 34-9 over Ohio.

Samuel’s hitting attack was paced by catcher, David Turner (17-28 .607), outfielder Jim Crismond (16-18, .889), first baseman, Scott Southworth (12-21, .571), and second baseman, Steve Cornwell (13-16, .500). Crismond, who received most valuable player honors, also contributed defensively with diving catches and by throwing out six runners on the bases.

The tournament drew 48 teams from all sections of the country.

In addition to Crismond, Samuel’s landed Harvey Henley, Mike Six, and Tigner on the Class A All America team. Levittown placed Chan Baker, Rich Leek, Rich Saute, and Bob Murcer on the honor squad.

Danny Mascia of W-B, Lallansack and Doern of Green Holmes, Wis., Chuck Meeringa of Bell Pick-Up, Michigan and Rick Yarborough of Georgia, round out the All America team.

  • MVP – Jim “Doc” Crismond, Samuel’s Grocery


  • Harvey Henley, Samuel’s Grocery
  • Mike Six, Samuel’s Grocery
  • ? Tigner, Samuel’s Grocery
  • Chan Baker, Levittown Legion
  • Rick Leek, Levittown Legion
  • Bob Murcer, Levittown Legion
  • Rich Saute, Levittown Legion
  • Danny Mascia, W-B
  • John Lallansack, Green Homes
  • ? Doern, Green Homes
  • Chuck Meerings, Bell Pick-Up
  • Rick Yarborough, Dr. Thompson’s


1. Samuel’s Grocery, Richmond, VA (7-1)
2. Levittown Legion, Levittown, NY (9-2)
3. W-B, Long Island, NY (5-2)
4. Bell Pick-Up, Michigan (7-2)
5t. Corner Appliance, New York City (3-2)
5t. Jolly Bar, Detroit (4-2)
7t. Sorrento Pizza, Cincinnati (6-2)
7t. Morris-Moran Homes, Wisconsin (4-2)
9t. Tremac, Ohio (3-2)
9t. Goodrich Services, Texas (2-2)
9t. Osbon Tire, South Carolina (4-2)
9t. New Era Die Co., York, PA (3-2)
13t. Dr. Thompson’s, Georgia (3-2)
13t. Trademen, Kentucky (2-2)
13t. Monroe Music, Rochester, NY (2-2)
13t. Ray Cooper Roofing, Pennsylvania (2-2)
17t. Higgins-Schwinn Cyclery, North Carolina (2-2)
17t. Cooper Brothers, Louisiana (2-2)
17t. Talisman Bar, Cleveland, OH (2-2)
17t. DMC, West Virginia (2-2)
17t. V.R. Moore & Son, Maryland (1-2)
17t. Mercury Cleaners, Washington (1-2)
17t. Wechtel’s, Toledo, OH (1-2)
17t. Ram Pub, Oregon (1-2)
25t. Digidio’s Bar, St. Paul, MN (1-2)
25t. Golden Leaf Bar, Minneapolis, MN (1-2)
25t. Copehart Trailers, Nebraska (1-2)
25t. Bullitt County Merchants, Louisville, KY (1-2)
25t. Sportsco, Washington, D.C. (1-2)
25t. Crafton Eagles, North Dakota (1-2)
25t. Fred’s Deli, New Jersey (1-2)
25t. Tom’s Valley Skelly, Stillwater, MN (1-2)
33t. Hawks, Pittsburgh, PA (1-2)
33t. Wellington Arms, Delaware (0-2)
33t. Elks III, Connecticut (0-2)
33t. Rebels, Virginia (0-2)
33t. Macks, Rhode Island (0-2)
33t. Albers Texaco, Vermont (0-2)
33t. Kenny’s Newsroom, Kansas City, MO (0-2)
33t. IGA Stores, Illinois (0-2)
33t. Southwest Bank, St. Louis, MO (0-2)
33t. Brentwood, Austin, TX (0-2)
33t. Ryder Truck Lease, Tennessee (0-2)
33t. Light, Arkansas (0-2)
33t. Bath, Maine (0-2)
33t. Hornets, Atlanta, GA (0-2)
33t. Yonkers Teachers, Yonkers, NY (0-2)
33t. Gondolas, Massachusetts (0-2)